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City Theatre hosts 21st annual Frankel Awards Ceremony


City Theatre hosted the 21st annual Frankel Awards on Tuesday, April 7, , to celebrate the achievements of artist Carlyn Aquiline and community leader Iris Amper Walker. Named in honor of Robert M. Frankel, a cultural leader and City Theatre Lifetime Board Member, the annual award ceremony commemorates outstanding artistic and philanthropic contributions to Pittsburgh’s theatre community.

Ms. Aquiline acted as literary manager and dramaturg at City Theatre from 2000 to 2015. She has also been dramaturg for new works at Tectonic Theater Project, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Hartford Stage, Lark Play Development Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre, Florida Stage, Syracuse Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, TheatreWorks, American Theater Company, and Actor’s Express. Dramaturgy on classical works includes such favorite projects as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Gozzi’s The Green Bird.

She was Managing Editor of Theatre for two years, teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Ms. Amper Walker has volunteered in the finance department at City Theatre since 2000. In addition, she also donates, or has donated her time to support a number of other local arts and nonprofit organizations including WQED, Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Montifiore Hospital, Shadyside Hospital, the Concordia Club, the Health Hope Network, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In addition to the Frankel Awards presentation, this year’s event, held at Carmella’s Plates and Pints in South Side, included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. The event also recognized City Theatre donors who contributed at or above the New Play Circle level this season.


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